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The Final Straw Radio

The Final Straw Radio is a weekly, english-language anarchist radio show founded in Asheville, NC.  We strive to cover current and enduring topics by going to the source and speaking to the people involved and effected by struggles around them, with an anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist perspective. 



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Oct 25, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw Radio, we spoke with Dylan and Enzo of Unity & Struggle. Unity & Struggle, or U&S, is an anti-state communist collective spread across the so-called US. Their members publish essays and engage in local organizing activities. Enzo recently authored a short essay entitled “ How Do We Stop A Coup ” which had editorial contribution by the wider U&S collective. For the hour, we talk about the threat of a “Constitutional Coup”, the importance of...
Topics: anti-state, communist, unity&struggle, coup, constiuttionalcoup, trump, democrats, republicans,...
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Oct 23, 2020 Fire Ant Journal
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This issue of Fire Ant is dedicated to the memory of Delbert Africa. This is issue #7, Autumn 2020. Fire Ant is a collaboration between anarchist prisoners and free roaming anarchists. Fire Ant seeks to raise material aid for anarchist prisoners while fostering communication between anarchists on both sides of the walls. To support the anarchist prisoner war fund, please email bloomingtonanarchistblackcross@riseup.net . All money will go directly to prisoners. The fund currently supports...
Topics: fireant, anarchist, prisoner, journal, poetry, art, essay
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Oct 18, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, you'll hear Ruchell Magee speak about his struggle over 57 years to be heard in the California court system and appeals to US Federal courts. Ruchell is the lone, surviving prisoner-participant of the August 7 th , 1970 Marin County Courthouse Rebellion, lead by Jonathan Jackson and including prisoner rebels William Christmas and James McClain. Ruchell took the name of Cinque (aka Sengbe Pieh ), the Mende man who justified for his right to resist unjust enslavement aboard the slave...
Topics: georgejackson, jonathanjackson, marincounty, blackaugust, history, politicalprisoner, prison,...
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Oct 11, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Bomani Shakur speaks to us from death row at OSP Youngstown in Ohio. Bomani is accused of crimes related to the 1993 Lucasville Uprising he claims innocence of and has an execution date set for November 16, 2023. For the hour we speak about his upbringing, his case, injustice in white supremacist and capitalist America, Bomani’s politicization and struggle to find himself, defend his dignity and his life. This interview was recorded on April 29th. Thanks to Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement...
Topics: keithlamar, bomanishakur, lucasvilleuprising, prison, deathrow, deathsentence, osp, execution,...
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Oct 4, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Mark Cook of the George Jackson Brigade (Burning Books Lecture Series) This week, we’re airing a presentation by Mark Cook from Burning Books bookstore in Buffalo, NY. This was recorded on February 18 th , 2016. From the announcement on Kersplebedeb.com for the event: “Mark Cook is a former Black Panther, member of the George Jackson Brigade, and political prisoner. Twenty four years in prison could not break his spirit or commitment to Black liberation and Mark Cook is as active an...
Topics: markcook, blackpanther, history, radical, guerrilla, georgejacksonbrigade, prisonorganizing,...
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Sep 27, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week on The Final Straw, we present a conversation that I had with Lorax B. Horne , a non-binary writer and journalist from Canada, Ecuador and the United Kingdom who is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the data transparency collective, Distributed Denial of Secrets , or DDOSecrets. In June of this year, the collective released roughly 269 gigabytes of hacked information from 251 law enforcement agencies, dubbed BlueLeaks. The data comes from the shadowy hacker group, Anonymous, and was...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Lorax B. Horne, blueleaks, encryption, privacy, police, police...
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This week we had the opportunity to connect with Delee Nikal, who is a Wet’su’weten community member, about updates from the Gidimt’en Camp that was created to block the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline (or CGL) that Canada is trying to push through their un-ceded territory. In this interview Bursts and Delee speak about ways folks can get involved, both in so called BC and elsewhere, how the covid pandemic is affecting their work, and many other topics. Click here to hear a past...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, Likhtsamisyu, Unistot'en, Gidimt'en, Gidimt'en Checkpoint, Gidimt'en...
This week we are pleased to present a guest interview with author Kristian Williams about his new book Resist Everything Except Temptation: The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde which was released in June 2020 from AK Press . I found this interview extremely illuminating, perhaps like many other people who might not have strong ties to either academia or popular education models of learning, I had sort of written Oscar Wilde off as this kind of white dead rich guy who carried little to no...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, Kristian Williams, AK Press, Oscar Wilde, Resist Everything Except...
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Sep 6, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Prison By Any Other Name: Vikki Law on Toxic Reforms This week we speak with author and activist, Vikki Law about the book Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, just out from The New Press and co-authored by Maya Schenwar. We speak about how reform and so-called 'more humane' 'alternatives' to incarceration such as electronic monitoring, drug courts and probation in fact extend the carceral net. We also talk about alternatives to the 'Punishment Paradigm' in...
Topics: vikkilaw, victorialaw, author, mayaschenwar, reform, prison, drugcourts, probation, ecarceration,...
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Aug 30, 2020 The Final Straw
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Aric McBay on Ecology and Strategies for Resistance This week we are airing a conversation that Bursts had a few weeks ago with Aric McBay, who is an anarchist, organizer, farmer, and author about his most recent book called Full Spectrum Resistance published by Seven Stories Press in May 2019. This book is divided into 2 volumes, and from the books website [fullspectrumresistance.org]: “ Volume 1: Building movements and fighting to win , explores how movements approach political struggle,...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, Aric McBay, Full Spectrum Resistance, Seven Stories Press, ecology, climate...
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Aug 16, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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We Need To Spread This Freely: JN On HK Under National Security Law This week, I speak with JN, an anarchist who works with the decolonial, leftist HongKonger platform, Lausan , talks about where the uprising against Chinese integration in Hong Kong stands, the National Security Law, tankie and rightwing narratives and international anti-authoritarian solidarity and resistance. The interview about Belarus that I mentioned before was from a recent episode of Elephant In The Room , from Dresden,...
Topics: hongkong, extradition, nationalsecuritylaw, china, xi, trump, police, solidarity, tankies,...
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Aug 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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RVA In The Uprising First up, L (who works with the Richmond Community Bail Fund) and Buzz talk about their experiences in the streets and doing anti-repression work in Richmond, Virginia, throughout the uprising against police killings sparked by the murder of George Floyd in so-called Minneapolis. Amazing projects the guests suggest you check out: Race Capitol podcast, quite worth a listen Virginia Student Power Network ( VSPN ) Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) Richmond Leaders Of The New...
Topics: omaha, richmond, rva, nebraska, virginia, jamesscurlock, marcusdavidpeters, police, protest,...
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This week we got to sit down with two members of the Portland General Defense Committee , AC (they them) and Raoul (they he), about the ongoing Uprising in Portland OR in the months since the murder of George Floyd. We get to touch on a lot of topics in this interview; the neo-liberal whitewashing of the image of the city of Portland which masks a lot of ultra racist and colonial tendencies, personal timelines of engagement in the Uprising, and a lot of tips and tricks for newer and older...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, portland, pdx, portland uprising, state repression, police brutality,...
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Jul 26, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Pipeline Updates from Yellow Finch Tree Sit 690 days. That is how long the tree sit on Yellow Finch lane has been standing to block the progress of the Mountain Valley Pipelines proposed 301 mile corridor of pressurized, fracked liquefied natural gas. This week, we speak with Dustie Pinesap and Woodchipper who are at the Yellow Finch Tree Sit in so-called Montgomery County, Virginia, who talk about the MVP, the recently-cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline, resistance during the pandemic,...
Topics: treesit, mvp, mountainvalleypipeline, virginia, lng, liquifiednaturalgas, atlanticcoastpipeline,...
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Jul 19, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchist Prisoners and Updates from the A-Radio Network This week, we're continuing our pandemic vacation. First up is some new words on surveillance and resistance by Sean Swain. We’ll also be featuring audio from the most recent episode of our cousin project, Dissident Island Radio, where they spoke with a fan of London Anarchist Black Cross about the upcoming July 23-30th Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners . Dissident Island Radio is also a member of the Channel Zero Network and...
Topics: badnews, a-radio-network, anarchist, anti-authoritarian, radio, podcast, prisoners, london, uk,...
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Rik Scarce is the author of the 1990 exploration of earth liberation and defense and the folks involved, entitled “Eco-Warriors: Understanding The Radical Environmental Movement”, which is still considered required reading in understanding radical eco-defense. At one point, he served 159 days in the Spokane jail for refusing to testify about his sources in his research on the Animal Liberation movement. Leslie James Pickering, co-owner of Burning Books in Buffalo, NY, is an author, activist...
Topics: rikscarce, lesliejamespickering, earthliberationfront, elf, burningbooks, buffalo, debate,...
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Jul 5, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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William C. Anderson: On Blackness and Anarchy (rebroadcast) This week on the Final Straw, we are taking a break from consistently bringing fresh content over the last few months (frequently twice a week, instead of just the usual Sunday episodes) and re-airing this segment form a prior episode 2 years ago. Here we re-present a speech by William C. Anderson , keynote of the 2018 Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair in so-called Asheville, NC. William is the co-author with Zoe Samudzi of the book...
Topics: rebroadcast, acab2018, bookfair, author, akpress, williamcanderson, asblackasresistance, blackness,...
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Jun 28, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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First up we got the chance to sit down with Najiyyah Avery Williams, who is a community member, organizer, and mother of Jai Lateef Solveig Williams, also known as Lil Jerry. Jerry, who was a childrens book author, artist, musician, and a 35 year old father was brutally killed by the Asheville Police Department on July 2nd 2016 by Sgt Tyler Radford. This interview happened outdoors in front of the courthouse and police station in downtown Asheville, where the city was powerwashing a DEFUND THE...
Topics: asheville, jerry williams, police, police killing, black lives, najiyyah avery williams,...
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Jun 21, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week, we’re happy to air a conversation I had with the author and activist, Modibo Kadalie, author of Pan-African Social Ecology as well as Internationalism, Pan-Africanism and the Struggle of Social Classes . A version of Dr. Kadalie’s conversation with Andrew Zonneveld of OOA! Publishing, entitled Pan-Africanism, Social Ecology and Intimate Direct Action appeared up in the recently released collection Deciding For Ourselves , edited by Cindy Milstein out from AK Press. Dr. Kadalie...
Topics: modibokadalie, panafrican, socialecology, anarchism, geechee, history, directdemocracy
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Jun 17, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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A View on the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone In the past few weeks since the uprising in response to police killings of Black and Brown folks around Turtle Island, amazing chances have presented themselves and folks have seized opportunities. One great and unfolding circumstance is known as the CHAZ or CHOP, an autonomous zone and occupational protest surrounding a police precinct in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The area was opened to community redesign after nights of intense battles...
Topics: chaz, capitolhill, occupation, protest, seattle, georgefloyd, police brutality, poilceabolition,...
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Jun 14, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week we are pleased to present an interview William conducted with Gabriel Kuhn and Maxida M ä rak on the 2019 PM Press release Liberating S á pmi: Indigenous Resistance in Europe’s Far North . This book, of which Kuhn is the author and editor and Märak is an contributor, details a political history of the Sámi people whose traditional lands extend along the north most regions of so called Sweden, Norway, Finland, and parts of Russia, as well as interviews conducted with over a dozen...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, Liberating Sapmi, PM Press, Maxida Marak, Gabriel Kuhn, Indigenous,...
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Jun 10, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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In this June 11 th podcast special, we’re happy to feature two interviews. The first is with Letha, a supporter of anarchist prisoner Marius Mason who is 7 years from release for animal and earth liberation front actions in the late 1990’s. Marius, who tested positive for covid-19 recently at FCI Danbury, continues his activism including on behalf of other trans folks behind bars as well as to write and create. More on his case and how to support him is up at SupportMariusMason.org . Then I...
Topics: june11, mariusmason, earthliberationfront, animalliberationfront, anarchist, longtermprisoners,...
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Jun 7, 2020 The Final Straw
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Hotel Sanctuary in MPLS This week we got to connect with Rosemary, who is an organizer in Minneapolis, about the liberation of a former Sheraton Hotel in that city and its slow but steady transformation into something that is becoming so much more than a housing cooperative. They speak about how this resocialization came to happen, some of the circumstances involved, about how this is a very deep collaboration between un-housed folks in Minneapolis and people involved in doing care work, the...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, George Floyd, shelter worker, care worker, Minneapolis, hotel, hotel...
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May 31, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Two Voices From MPLS: Medic and Abolitionist On this episode, we’re featuring two voices from Minneapolis, an epicenter of mass demonstrations and uprising following the police murder of # GeorgeFloyd. First up, you’ll hear from Jacquie, a professional medic living in Minneapolis. Jacquie talks about the impacts of corona virus on Black and Brown communities around the city, some of what she saw in the early days of the protests and the feelings expressed to her about the killing of George...
Topics: georgefloyd, policebrutality, police, 1312, acab, minneapolis, minnesota, minneapolisfreedomfund,...
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May 24, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week we are presenting audio from a panel conducted last year in Indiana with members of IDOC Watch, which is the Indiana Department of Correction watch. From their website : “The Indiana Department of Correction Watch (IDOC Watch) exists to be in solidarity with prisoners. This means we correspond with and and foster camaraderie with people who are incarcerated in Indiana, expose abusive conditions and treatment, and fight policies and initiatives that further isolate, marginalize, and...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, kmsw, Kwame Shakur, Lorenzo Stone-Bey, Zolo Agona Azania, IDOC Watch,...
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May 17, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing a chat with Graham Clumpner, an anarchist veteran of the U.S. military from the early days of the so-called Global War on Terror. During his time in Afghanistan and elsewhere, Graham worked his way up to being an Army Ranger and left the military in 2007. After struggling with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Graham resisted being recalled into the military, for a short time going underground before finding a path...
Topics: grahamclumpner, veteran, giresistance, usa, army, ranger, waronterror, afghanistan, ivaw,...
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May 10, 2020 The Final Straw
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Wayne Price is longtime anarchist, author and currently a member of Bronx Climate Justice North and the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council, or MACC , in New York City. After reading his book, The Value Of Radical Theory : An Anarchist Introduction to Marx’s Critique of Political Economy (AK Press, 2013), I got excited to speak to him about his views on anarchists engaging Marxist economic concepts and some of the historical conflicts and engagements between Marxism and Anarchism. We...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, wayne price, anarchism, economics, marxist, marxism, marxist...
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May 7, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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We’re happy to share the rest of our conversation with Michele Gretes, director of the Digital Security project at the Civil Liberties Defense Center, and Cora Borradaile, who is on the board of the CLDC. For this podcast special, you’ll hear the two discuss different tools for more secure, encrypted communication that is available on various platforms to folks organizing. They publish guides on CLDC.org/Security . We discuss the end-to-end encrypted alternative to Slack ( Keybase ) **, pgp...
Topics: michelegretes, cldc, coraborradaile, encryption, security, digital
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May 3, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Tracking Technology and Food Distro in Pandemic This week, we feature two conversations. Cora Borradaile and Michele Gretes, folks involved in the Digital Security Project of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, speak about contact tracing apps and surveillance. Then, Se speaks about Tucson Food Share’s grocery distribution program. Contact Tracing Apps First up, we hear Michele Gretes and Cora Borradaile. Michele is the Digital Security Coordinator of the Civil Liberties Defense Center and...
Topics: cldc, coraborradaile, michelegretes, digitalsecurity, surveillance, pandemic, contacttracing,...
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Apr 30, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Lorenzo Komb’oa Ervin and Bomani Shakur / Keith Lamar This midweek, we’re sharing two segments. First up, Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin talks about attempts in the 1960’s and 70’s at building a prisoners union in the United States and parallels with inside / outside organizing in the USA today. Then we hear from Ohio death row prisoner from the Lucasville Uprising case, Bomani Shakur (aka Keith Lamar) about his struggle to stay alive and call out the injustice in his and so many cases....
Topics: lorenzo komb'oa ervin, black anarchism, history, prison strike, prisoner, union, movement, keith...
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Apr 26, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Barry Pateman on Anarchist History and Challenges I’m really happy to share a chat with anarchist and historian, Barry Pateman. Barry, born in the early 1950’s, grew up in a working class coal mining town of Doncaster in the UK and became an anarchist in the 1960’s in London. He is a longstanding member of the Kate Sharpley Library which covers histories of little-known anarchists and events in history. Barry has also contributed to and edited numerous books including “Chomsky on...
Topics: anarchist, history, historian, author, barrypateman, akpress, marxism, katesharpleylibrary,...
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Apr 23, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchist Resistance In Prison: Jennifer A. Rose and Comrade Z On this podcast minisode, we feature the voices of two incarcerated comrades: Jennifer Amelie Rose and Comrade Z. Both chats were conducted through the mail and are voiced by comrades in the Channel Zero Network. Jennifer Rose [04:07-12:12] First you’ll hear Jennifer Rose. Jennifer, formerly known as Jennifer Gann, is a member of the Fire Ant Collective which just released it’s 6 th issue and is due to put out another very soon....
Topics: julio zuniga, tdcj, texas, darrington, prison, anarchist, prisoner, jennifer rose, fire ant...
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Apr 19, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Harm Reduction in Pandemic and Jason Renard Walker This week we feature two segments, first up we got to chat with Hill Brown about Asheville’s response to the pandemic in terms of public health, drug use and the houseless communities. Then, Jason Renard Walker talks about his journalism, activism and troubles in the Texas prison system. Harm Reduction in Asheville during Pandemic First we got to sit down with Hill Brown who works with Asheville’s Steady Collective doing harm reduction...
Topics: jasonrenardwalker, nabpp, prison, organizing, journalism, sfbayview, texas, tdcj, asheville,...
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Apr 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Here’s our second lecture we’re excited to share in the Burning Books Lecture Series. We’re slowly continuing to release audios recorded at Burning Books in Buffalo , NY, to share inspiring ideas and experiences this bookstore has hosted over the last 7 or so years. This pandemic period should be one where we take account of the situation we find ourselves, hone our skills, learn from our elders and consider how to engage as the disease ravages our communities and the forces of capital...
Topics: burningbooks, buffalo, lecture, kazitoure, politicalprisoner, ppow, guerrilla, marxist, antiracist,...
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Apr 12, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Airs on WSFM-LP 103.3 in Asheville / streaming at AshevilleFM from 3am EST on April 13th through 19th, 2020 and podcasting on libsyn.com. Release Ramsey Orta! / Housing Struggle in Asheville Release Ramsey Orta! This week, we hear from Deja, the fiance of incarcerated cop watcher Ramsey Orta. Ramsey has been in prison since 2016 and during his short time inside has he’s been transferred around a lot and spent over a year in isolation. Ramsey’s name may be familiar as the police...
Topics: asheville, tenant, homeless, houseless, housing, organizing, uhoh, pandemic, capitalism, landlord,...
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Being Better To One Another: Comrade Malik from USP Pollock / Peter Gelderloos from Spain On this podcast special, we’re sharing two segments. First, Comrade Malik (s/n Keith Washington) of the IWW and Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee speaks about his experience at the Federal prison USP Pollock in Grant Parish, Louisiana, changes in policies in relation to the pandemic and the dangers posed by guards going in and out of the facility. Comrade Malik was paroled from the Texas prison...
Topics: prison, pollock, comrademalik, anarchist, petergelderloos, spain, covid19, coronavirus, pandemic,...
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Seeing the World Elsewhere: Rural Mutual Aid in Appalachia and David Forbes on Journalism, Asheville and Anarchism (image by Nicole Marie Burton , used with permission) This week you’ll hear two conversations. First, Matt from Rural Organizing And Resilience, or ROAR, in Madison County talks about efforts in the country to shift mutual aid efforts to address difficulties associated with the covid-19 pandemic. More on their project at ruralorganizing.wordpress.com . And we also got to sit down...
Topics: appalachia, madisoncounty, northcarolina, asheville, mutualaid, solidarity, covid19, coronavirus,...
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Apr 1, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Kijana Tashiri Askari, New Afrikan Black Revolutionary Prisoner In this podcast special, a comrade spoke with Kijana Tashiri Askari, an imprisoned community organizer, prison abolitionist, and New Afrikan Black Revolutionary who helped to found the W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program. At one point in time the mentorship program had about 50 prisoners nationwide on its mailing list. The W.L. Nolen Mentorship Program, named after a central leader in the formation of the California Prisoner Liberation...
Topics: kijanatashiriaskari, newafrikan, revolutionary, prisoner, wlnolen, california
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This week I am very excited to present an interview done with Aishah Shahidah Simmons , who is a writer, community organizer, prison abolitionist, and cultural worker who has done just an immense amount of work over the years to help disrupt and end the patterns of sexual abuse and assault within marginalized communities. In this interview we talk about a lot of things, her background and how she came to be doing the work she’s doing right now, how better to think about concepts like...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, aishah shahidah simmons, cultural worker, love WITH accountability,...
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Mar 22, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Today we have a show about COVID-19 , specifically how the pandemic is being handled in prisons and detention. This show includes a lot of voices, and we structured it that way in order to both include as many perspectives as we could and also to take some of the expectation that interviewees speak to us for an extended period; everyone who is working on this is very busy and we wanted to respect that. In this show you’ll hear from: – Rebekah Entralgo who works with the non profit Freedom...
Topics: covid-19, pandemic, health, prison, united states, usa, immigration, detention, ice, bps, youth...
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Mar 15, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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No Evil Foods Union and PLAN Line 3 Union Busting At No Evil Foods This week on The Final Straw, we’re presenting two conversations. The first was a chat with workers from the local, plant-based protein company ‘No Evil Foods’. The company has been getting flack for using social justice imagery while working to undermine unionization efforts at it’s factory here in Asheville, NC. The workers talk about strategies they took in organizing attempts and experiences they had with...
Topics: asheville, vegan, NoEvilFoods, union, UnionBusting, labor, workers, UFCW, line3, pipeline,...
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Mar 8, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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20 Years of South Chicago ABC Zine Distro This week on The Final Straw, we'll hear a conversation from a few month back with Anthony Rayson and Mike Plosky, who have run the South Chicago Anarchist Black Cross Zine Distro since 1998. They send zines to prisoners, publish the writings and art of politicized prisoners as a project of public education, and help advocate and support prisoners organizing for their own education and liberation. You can find a full catalogue of zines at DePaul...
Topics: anarchist, abc, anarchist black cross, political prisoner, prison, zine, publishing, education,...
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This week I had the pleasure to sit down with Sarah Lyons, who is an author, activist, and a practicing witch about her new book Revolutionary Witchcraft: A Guide to Magical Activism which came out in 2019 from Running Press . This was a great interview to have for me, because this is a topic we haven’t yet presented on this show and we cover a wide range of topics; our guest’s personal history with witchcraft, what is meant by magic, witchcraft, and animism, how anti-racists and...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Sarah Lyons, magic, witchcraft, activism, anarchism, animism,...
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Feb 23, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Social Justice and Struggle in Lebanon and Syria: Joey Ayoub and Leila Al-Shami This week on The Final Straw we’re featuring a portion of a chat with Joey Ayoub and Leila Al-Shami. In this conversation, Joey tells us of some of the history of Lebanon, since the civil war that ended in 1990 and up to the current demonstrations against the clientelist warlords in power in that country.  Intertwined with this, Leila speaks about the sparking of the resistance to Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, the...
Topics: syria, lebanon, joey ayoub, leila al-shami, palestinian, tahrir-icn, solidarity,...
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This week we got the chance to sit down and catch up with Ben Turk, who is an anarchist and prison abolitionist living in Milwaukee WI, about some recent efforts that he has been involved in and some ways that listeners can plug in and do solidarity work from afar. We speak about the lockdowns that have been occuring in Columbia CI, continued efforts to raise awareness about solitary confinement and bringing mental healthcare services to people undergoing incarceration, efforts to change...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, ben turk, anarchist, abolitionist, prison abolition, chrystul kizer,...
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Feb 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Josh Harper of SHAC7 and Voices from Gidimt’en Access Point This week, we feature two portions of the show. If you're listening to the radio version of this chat, consider checking out the SLIGHTLY longer podcast version that includes Sean Swain's segment for this week, also available on archive under the title 'Sean Swain Radio' or 'You Are The Resistance' for Feb 09, 2020. Josh Harper on ‘Animal People’ film First up, we’ll hear Josh Harper, a co-defendant from the SHAC7 case and...
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AMLO and Indigenous Resistance Movements in Mexico This week on The Final Straw, an anarchist living in Mexico talks about the reign of the MORENA party of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (aka AMLO), the new face of capitalism it presents, it’s relation to social movements and indigenous sovereignty and the anarchist and indigenous resistance to the regime. We cover mega-projects being pushed through around the country, the repression of activists and more in this whopper of an episode. If you're...
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This week, we spend the hour speaking with Alexander Reid Ross. Alexander is a PhD candidate in Portland State University’s Earth, Environment, Society Program, a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, and the author of “Against The Fascist Creep”, which you can get from AK Press or our affiliate Firestorm Books ! We speak about conspiracy theories, how they wind their way into some leftist approaches to critique, bleed-over between left and right...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, kwtf, wcrs, alexander reid ross, anarchist, anti fascist, anti nazi, far right...
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(English follows below) El Salvador: Una Perspectiva Anarcha-Feminista Nos complace presentar una conversación con una compañera feminista anarcha, Elisa, en San Salvador, El Salvador. Elisa comparte sus puntos de vista sobre el régimen neoliberal del partido GANA de Nayib Bukele que asumió la presidencia en febrero pasado, la relación de El Salvador con los Estados Unidos, el gobierno anterior del FMLN, la inmigración y la organización anarquista. Más informacion sobre la organización...
Topics: El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, inmigracion, immigration, trump, usa, eeuu, neoliberal, anarchist,...
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Anarchism in El Salvador / An Antifa View of the Militia Demo in RVA This week we have two segments, an interview with an Anarcha-Feminist organizer in San Salvador, El Salvador on the situation there, followed by Mitch of Red Strings And Maroons podcast on the upcoming Militia demonstration on MLK Jr. Day, January 20th, 2020 in Richmond, VA. Elisa on GANA Govt in El Salvador First, you’ll hear my conversation with Elisa, an anarchafeminist in San Salvador, El Salvador, talking about the new...
Topics: el salvador, anarchist, immigration, usa, guns, armed self defense, richmond, militia, nazi, gun...
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Perspectives from Iranian Anarchists This week on The Final Straw we feature a chat with a translator of the Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran to share perspectives from membership in Iran and abroad about resistance to the regime from within, solidarity from abroad, the impact of US Sabre-rattling. A transcript of this interview is here , a zine will come soon. An inspirational movement arose out of the Cold War period among anarchists who found themselves on either side of the...
Topics: anarchist, anarchism, iran, afghanistan, farsi, soleimani, war, usa, middle east, iraq, protest,...
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The Old Law and The New: Jason Goudlock in Ohio This week we have two segments.  Jason Goudlock and the Old Law in OH First, we'll hear from Jason Goudlock, a prisoner under the so-called “Old Law” in Ohio serving his 26 th year of a 6-25 year sentence. Jason talks about the situation in Ohio between the “Old Law” and the “New Law”, for instance if he had been convicted of the same robbery and battery crimes three years later he might have served half of the time. Jason also speaks...
Topics: jason goudlock, david easley, comrade easley, ohio, toledo ci, odrc, prison, prisoner, struggle,...
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Dec 29, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Prison Abolition, Queer Comicking, Nerding This week Cypress spoke with Io Ascarium. The conversation covered their work as a member of ABO Comix Collective and their work in comics and print. Io is "a maurading pillar of salt just doing their best to make what could, in a sense, be described as 'art'" (I love them dearly but could not bring myself to write this into the actual script). ABO Comix Collective is a group of buds and comrades working to help LGBTQ and HIV + prisoners...
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Dec 21, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Israeli Dissent and Sean Talks "Last Act" This week we are happy to feature a couple of audios we did NOT record ourselves. Resisting Militarism and Occupation in Israel First, German comrades attending the Balkan Anarchist Bookfair last year interviewed two Israeli anarchists about resistance against the settler-colonial nation they live under. Dana is from Tel Aviv (a member of the Coalition of Women for Peace) and Aaron is from, among other groups, an anti-militarist, de-enlistment...
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This week on The Final Straw Radio, Im happy to share a conversation with Rozalinda, Pura and Lynn from La Villita Red de Solidaridad or the Little Village Solidarity Network in so-called Chicago, IL. LVSN, in the English-language acronym, is an autonomous community organizing project based in La Villita or Little Village neighborhood and networks with other residents of the area. For the hour, LVSN members talk about organizing on the ground against Heartland Alliance, a 501c3 non-profit...
Topics: solidarity union, network, la villita, little village, chicago, immigrant, tenant, worker, chicago...
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This week we are super pleased to present an interview done with Sima Lee, who is a queer Afro-Indigenous hip hop artist and community organizer of long standing, about a recent raid that occurred at Maroon House in DC this March. We speak about Maroon House, its story and what it is in the process of becoming, the ask for support in helping this movement build and heal from the brutal police repression, her newest album Trap Liberation Army , and many more topics. Sima Lee has given some...
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This week we are pleased to present a paper given at the 2019 north american anarchist studies network that took place this year in Atlanta Georgia by e ornelas who presents a thoroughly de-colonial reading of Ursula K. LeGuin’s novel The Word for World is Forest . This book of LeGuin’s was written in the early 1970s and was first published as part of the anthology “Again, Dangerous Visions” and subsequently published as a separate novella as part of LeGuin’s Hainish Cycle, to be read...
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This week we bring you two different segments. First, Cypress spoke with Jenny from Project Fang, a project that financially supports visits to earth and animal liberation prisoners. Since 2016, Project Fang has worked to combat the isolation of incarceration these prisoners feel by providing a fund for financial assistance for visits. The prisoners and their loved ones can apply to the fund to help pay for prison visits, which is one of the most important ways of supporting prisoners. Project...
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This week I had the opportunity to sit down with Margaret Killjoy to talk about her new EP called Every Breath Our Last out this October from her one woman project Nomadic War Machine. Margaret is a writer, musician, and anarchist based in Western North Carolina. We got to talk about a lot of things in this episode, including her new EP, what went into making it, Nomadic War Machine as a project in general, and her new anarchist fiction podcast called We Will Remember Freedom . This was a great...
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This week we are presenting a special guest interview, done by Scott who is an anarchist academic and regular listener, with Eli Meyerhoff about his book “Beyond Education: Radical Studying for Another World” . In this book, Meyerhoff “traces how key elements of education emerged from histories of struggles in opposition to alternative modes of study bound up with different modes of world-making. Taking inspiration from Black Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, and Indigenous resurgence...
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This week, we’re sharing a conversation that I had with comrades from Radiozones Of Subversive Expression, an anti-authoritarian pirate radio station based in Athens, Greece. Mike, Sprout and Omar, three anarchists working with ROSE share their perspectives on the change in government in Greece, corruption in the New Democracy party that just came back into power, it’s attacks on immigrants and the anarchist stronghold neighborhood of Exarchia, the status of the social movements of the left...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwrk, kwtf, greece, anarchist, exarhia, greek anarchist, radiozones of subversive...
This week William had the chance to interview someone, a 20 year old anarchist from the territory of so called Chile, about the uprisings which have been occurring there. The protests began on Monday October 14th in Chile’s capital, Santiago, as a coordinated fare evasion campaign by high school students which led to spontaneous takeovers of the city’s main train stations and open confrontations with the Chilean Police. While the reason for these protests was a fare hike for public...
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This is a show with two parts, firstly I got to sit down with two members of Blue Ridge Anarchist Black Cross about the ongoing and increasingly dire situation in South Carolina prions. I won’t take up too much space here with an intro because we have a pretty packed show, but they outline some upcoming actions coordinated at the behest of people incarcerated in SC, a phone zap scheduled for tomorrow (Monday the 21 st ), and about organizing as anarchists doing prisoner support/solidarity....
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For this episode we spoke with G ö n ü l D ü zer, who is a labor activist, math teacher, and a board member of the Kurdish Cultural Center in Chicago. G ö n ü l was willing to take the time to speak on the current Turkish invasion of Northeast Syria, some history that would be useful to keep in mind when considering current events in this region, the complex tensions of being an anti imperialist and calling for US support, and about the Global Day of Action on this Saturday October 12 th...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Rojava, Syria, ISIS, Daesh, Turkey, Trump, Erdogan, United States,...
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This week William had the chance to speak with 3 members of the Asheville based goth/darkwave/post punk band Secret Shame about their politics, their music, what ails and what’s good about Asheville in general, the tensions of living under capitalism, the recent attention this group has been getting, and many more topics. You can learn more about them by following @secretshameband on Instagram, and hear more of their music at secretshame.bandcamp.com Before the interview tho, here is an...
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Sep 29, 2019 The Final Straw
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Today you’ll hear Bursts interview Pepe, an anarchist from so called Connecticut. As of September 4 th 2019, Pepe has been sentenced to 5 years in prison on federal charges. In this interview he speaks on a range of topics related to the prison industrial complex, from detailing how prosecutors operate within the “criminal justice” system, to his personal experience in preparing with his family for his incarceration. Folks can support Pepe and his family by visiting his record label at...
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This week we had the chance to interview three people who organize with La Concha, which is an anarchist space in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles that does many projects such as prisoner solidarity, legal and popular education, reading groups, bike brigades, and lots else. We talk about their work, and how the three came to be doing what they are doing right now, and also about the incursions that they’ve been experiencing from authoritarian Communists in the area. I felt great...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Los Angeles, Ovas, Psycos, Maoist, red flags, feminism, feminist,...
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Sep 15, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week we are presenting two segments, first up is an interview done by Cypress – a new member of The Final Straw collective! – with Grace (they/them pronouns), who is doing support for anarchist prisoner Jeremy Hammond . From his support website, Hammond is “currently spending a decade in prison for allegedly disclosing information about the private intelligence firm (…) Stratfor, revealing that they had been spying on human rights defenders at the behest of corporations and...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Jeremy Hammond, repression, prison, hack, hacker, hacktivist,...
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Sep 8, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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Digital Security / Tenant Organizing / #MeToo Hong Kong This week, we feature three portions. Lauren Regan of CLDC First up, we share a chat with Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center, or CLDC, to chat about safer practices around technology for activists, as well as the "reverse search" warrant used by the NYPD with Google to capture info on antifascists and the Proud Boy attackers last year. More at https://cldc.org . An article about tech security and phones that...
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This week we have the opportunity to share a talk by Coco (they/them pronouns), who is a queer, Black, Puerto Rican anarchist about the recent 17 days of direct action against no-longer-governor Ricardo Rossell ó and organizing as an anarchist after Hurricane Maria. They talk about some of the lead up to these revolts " about the fascist campaign and term of office of Ricardo Rossell ó -, the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, decolonization and fighting US imperialism as it relates to PR,...
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Aug 25, 2019 The Final Straw Radio
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We Need To Keep That Spirit Alive: anarchist prisoner Eric King and partner speak ***Update: Eric King started a 5 day trial on August 26th, 2019, in Denver, CO on the charges of assaulting Lieutenant Wilcox at FCI Florence. Here’s background on that here in Eric’s own words. Court and legal fund support is being requested and updates are up on his support site, as of now the latest update is here .*** This week on The Final Straw, we feature two main guests, anarchist prisoner Eric King...
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Aug 18, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week, Bursts spoke with Nora Samaran , author of the essay “The Opposite Of Rape Culture Is Nurturance Culture” , which became the seed of her book “ Turn This World Inside Out: The Emergence of Nurturance Culture. ” This book is recently out from AK Press. We talk about harm, entitlement as relates to positions of power like masculinity or whiteness in our cultures, the need for connection ingrained into our biology and sociality, accountability and healing among other topics. You...
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Anarchist, antifascist and vegan political prisoner, Eric King, gives a public address on August 17th, 2019 from inside a prison.
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Words from Rojava + Likhts’amisyu Re-Occupation Village Words from Rojava First, Bursts interviewed Mark and anonymous, members of the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, which coordinates civil structure engagement among internationals in North Eastern Syria in the Rojava Revolution as well as helping to spread. More on their project at InternationalistCommune.Org , or check out related projects like MakeRojavaGreeAga in.Org and #RiseUpForRojava that may be organized in your area. The US...
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Aug 4, 2019 The Final Straw
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This week we feature three segments. As it is literally packed with jam, we suggest you check out our podcast for free online at our website or any number of streaming sites for longer, more detailed conversations on the topics plus, again, Sean Swain’s segment for this week. Move call for support for Delbert Orr Africa First we have a couple of shorter segments. Respectively, you hear the voices of Janine Phillips Africa, Janet Holloway Africa and Eddie Goodman Africa of the Move 9, a...
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